||07-29-2008 10:44 PM
In all seriousness... there are plenty of boats that can make a passage to Europe. Some are better suited than others... almost all are tougher than the people on the boats. Preparation of the sailor is IMHO just as important than the boat.
If you're really curious, go to the library and take a look at Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes. The book has recommended dates and routes for passages from the Americas to Europe. I'd also recommend you read a few books on long-distance passage making. Beth Leonard's The Voyager's Handbook would be a good starting place.
A good example of a sailor not having the necessary preparation would probably be Ken Barnes and his aborted attempt to round the tip of South America. You can read his logs here
. One of the more telling quotes from his log is:
Well after trying for a while, in my muttled condition, to figure out which way to turn the autopilot to head downwind I finally started to get things sorted out, in my head, now for the boat. First of all I knew there was a large low pressure system ahead of me when I went to sleep but I had been watching these lows and they all seemed to pass by rather quickly, usually in about 24 hours so my thinking was this one will pass and I will get in behind it, I thought wrong. This low decided to camp out for 3 days and as I slept I wandered right into it.
Setting your autopilot should be near instinctive if you're planning on a voyage of this magnitude.